It’s not hard to see what makes the Galaxy S6 Edge so appealing. Not only does it match the beauty of Samsung’s Galaxy S6, but it one-ups that device by curving the display on both sides. Sure, functionality-wise its potential hasn’t quite been reached, but it showed Samsung at its best, a company flexing its design muscle and pushing the market forward.
So it’s no surprise to see Samsung doubling down on that curved craze. Say hello to the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, a device that matches the Note 5 beat-for-beat, while retaining the futuristic beauty of the S6 Edge.
When I say the new S6 Edge Plus matches the Note 5, I mean they’re virtually identical, sporting the same processor, same battery, same storage options, and more. On paper the two read like twins, save for the dual edge screen—which, by the way, is 5.7 inches, just like the Note 5. The only huge difference is the S6 Edge Plus doesn’t come with an S Pen.
S6 Edge specs:
- OS: Android 5.1
- Processor: Exynos 7420
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 32GB/64GB
- Display: 5.7-inch Quad HD (518ppi)
- Camera: 16-megapixel with f/1.9 and optical image stabilization (5-megapixel front-facing)
- Battery: 3000mAh
- Others: NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMI, fingerprint sensor; black sapphire and gold platinum options
The device is clearly a powerhouse. But you have to ask yourself if you need a phone with a dual edge display. When we reviewed the Galaxy S6 Edge earlier this year, we found the device to be a fun experience, but the curved screen didn’t really add much overall. Samsung hasn’t yet found a killer reason (beyond pure aesthetics) to own an Edge phone, and the S6 Edge Plus is no different.
You also have to remember that the S6 Edge was the more expensive option compared to the S6 earlier this year. It’s unclear what the S6 Edge Plus will retail for, and if it’ll cost more than the Note 5, but you have to imagine it won’t be cheap. Hopefully we’ll know more specifics soon.
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus will be available globally beginning Aug. 21 and, in the U.S., through Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular.